ASUS GTX 1080 Review Samples in Overclocked Mode by Default, Officially Confirmed
According to the findings of techpowerup, Asus is shipping out the Asus GTX 1080 GPUs to reviewers in OC mode by default. This is a mode other users have to manually access with software. Now I know this does not make much of a difference but the dilemma here is that the reviewers do not know about this fact. Plus Asus should mention this fact as it is.
These reviewers have thousands if not millions of people following them and people often buy hardware based on these reviews. If the reviewers did not know that their ASUS GTX 1080 sample was different than what people watching or reading are going to get then they are sending out the wrong information. This means this will effect their credibility as well.
Asus GTX 1080 samples being in OC mode can offend the fans and make them feel as if they were cheated and given the wrong information on purpose. If Asus does not care about their image they should at least respect the credibility of the reviewers that have made a name for themselves over the years.
The following is the official statement from Asus regarding the matter:
“ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards come with exclusive GPU Tweak II software, that provides silent, gaming, and OC modes allowing users to select a performance profile that suits their requirements. Users can apply these modes easily from within GPU Tweak II.
The press samples for the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC and ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 OC cards are set to “OC Mode” by default. To save media time and effort, OC mode is enabled by default as we are well aware our graphics cards will be reviewed primarily on maximum performance. And when in OC mode, we can showcase both the maximum performance and the effectiveness of our cooling solution.
Retail products are in “Gaming Mode” by default, which allows gamers to experience the optimal balance between performance and silent operation. We encourage end-users to try GPU Tweak II and adjust between the available modes, to find the best mode according to personal needs or preferences.
For both the press samples and retail cards, all these modes can be selected through the GPU Tweak II software. There are no differences between the samples we sent out to media and the retail channels in terms of hardware and performance.”
So all is good right? Well, if you are looking to buy a new card then it’s recommended that your go through more than one source/review to decide whether to buy that product or not.